Zinedine Zidane tried to sign Franck Ribéry for Real Madrid | inside World Soccer

Bayern Munich star Franck Ribéry has revealed that his compatriot Zinedine Zidane did his utmost to persuade him to move to Real Madrid years ago.

Franck Ribéry and Zinedine Zidane played together in the French national team
Franck Ribéry and Zinedine Zidane played together in the French national team

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The France international has been a key player at the Allianz Arena for a number of seasons and has has been subject of interest from both Madrid and Barcelona in the past.

And the 30-year-old has now admitted that Zidane very nearly convinced him to move to the Bernabéu.

In an interview with beIN Sport, Ribéry said: "Barcelona and Madrid are both very big clubs. There was a time when the two of them were interested in me.

"I liked them both, but I felt closer to Real Madrid than to Barcelona. Zidane absolutely wanted me to join Madrid and tried everything to sign me. But I stayed (with Bayern)."

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